#7 - I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs by Lauren Child

Summary: Lola is positive that she won't be chosen to bring  Bert, the class guinea pig, home for the school vacation. Lola has never had a pet like many of her other classmates, and doesn't know how to care for them. After Mrs. Hanson does choose her to look after Bert, she learns everything except where to find him when he totally and utterly disappears!

Suggested Activity: Construct a Burrow

"Guinea pigs love long grass because they are shy. And they like to hide in the burrows of other animals." This activity calls for those toilet paper and paper towel rolls you've been saving. It's time to re-use them! To join the tubes together, have the children use scissors to cut 4 little slits around the very end of the tube. They can now put the other tube in between the slits to join them. If it isn't fastened tightly enough, make the slits deeper. Paint the lush long grasses of Peru onto the burrow.

Curriculum Area:  Fine Motor Skills (controls small muscles in hands, coordinates eye-hand movement) 

Appropriate Age Group: 4 and up